Honest feeling and sentiment, a fine ballad. Not new -- but what is, anymore?
I see it more as a testament to the older man living his life right, that he has these memories. Seems his ONLY regret is that she's not still there WITH him for more.....
So, "life's a b**** and then you die"? I'd say his life was pretty good, he made the most of it -- and what worth would those moments have if they lived forever?
When you look back on your life, and you see where you've been, you either:
appreciate the good things that came your way, or
appreciate that you survived the bad things without them tainting your life. THEN, you have lived a good life.
I've looked back a fair bit recently, and some days, it seems I've wasted more than a couple years; but I can't get them back to live over, I can only make NOW good. And NOW is pretty good. I LOVE riding the bike, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE my kids, and I love that I finally have a handle on my life, instead of fulfilling someone else's ticket-punch expectations.